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Opera send a personal data to Google-Yandex?

  • When a new chromium based Opera was released - it was announced as a most secure browser. But when I install a new Opera version I see not only a too much of integrated external services as WhatsApp and Facebook etc, but also a some "known as an aggressive personal data stealing services" as bloody Yandex - the "Yandex Zen" functionality which are turned on by default. Also Opera now have a some annoying "buying advertising popups" which must be based on a Google products and searches, etc.

    • Does Opera send any statistics or personal data to Google or even a dishonest Yandex?
    • Does Opera exchange with Google/Yandex with a personal user ID?
    • Does Opera send a individual CPU SN to Google/Yandex?
    • Which negotiations Opera have with Google/Yandex?
  • Opera privacy states:

    • When you install an Opera application, a random installation ID is generated. We may collect this identifier, as well as your device ID and hardware specification, operating system and environment configuration, and feature usage data.

    • To provide you with more relevant news content in certain countries and languages, we collect some information about the articles you read in the applicationโ€™s native news feed, and your general location. This information is linked to a randomly generated News ID and may be stored on our servers

    • Based on advertising IDs and your general location, some of our mobile applications may serve targeted ads. These ads are provided by our monetization partners.

    • Some of our applications use Firebase Authentication by Google to provide a quick and simple authentication service for your user account. To enable this service, you agree to share your email, phone number, user-agent string and IP address of your device with Google and Opera.

    That's too much. ๐Ÿ˜ž

    If even Microsoft Edge (also based on the same Chromium engine) collect the similar data - all this data will stay at Microsoft servers, when Opera shares and sell all this data to a 3-rd party scums and dishonest bloody advertisers as Yandex etc. :(((

    Seems rules changes: Want privacy - don't use Opera! ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • To resolve such huge privacy breaching problem Opera must make 2 improvements:

    1. Remove all cooperations with all 3-rd party dishonest or at least "not very trustworthy" services as Yandex, VK, etc. Can keep more reliable services Google, MS, Facebook.
    2. Add possibility to block all additional services which collect users data as Flow/Sales/News/Massengers/etc and OperaID before installation.

    Otherwise now it is probably better to not install Opera at all. ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • I was recently asking about the default search engines that are built into Opera and complaining that you can't change the default one or it's parameters.

    A mod had me 'create a new search engine' from Google, and by default, it had all this junk code in it that's obviously for tracking/identification purposes.

    https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&hs=3w7&sxsrf=ALeKk00-9-US4IDAL--6S_N8-XwNwvANEw%3A1615562784092&ei=IIhLYNGYBeig_Qa404G4Cw&q=%s

    I changed it to https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&q=%s and it worked fine.

    https://forums.opera.com/topic/47770/does-opera-use-google-s-rlz-identifier-and-why-can-t-you-change-the-default-google-browser-strings

    I don't believe Yandex does anything unless you select it as a search engine. What's leading you believe it sends data to Yandex?

  • @erikdourns said in Opera send a personal data to Google-Yandex?:

    If even Microsoft Edge (also based on the same Chromium engine) collect the similar data - all this data will stay at Microsoft servers

    Are you sure? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @erikdourns Too bad they don't identify which ones "some of our applications" are. That's the obvious problem with unified privacy statements - you don't know which parts of it apply to the product you use (in our case, the browser).